Cleombrotos

(4 syl.). A philosopher who so admired Plato's Phaedon that he jumped into the sea in order to exchange this life for a better. He was called Ambraciota (of Ambracia), from the place of his birth in Epirus.

He who to enjoy
Plato's elysium, leaped into the sea,
Cleombrotus.

Milton: Paradise Lost, iii. 471-3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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